Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. And today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Helium Pro on our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. This one in particular can hold up to two bikes, but we do have a three bike version available on etrailer.com. Both of them are going to have two tie down points up top, and an anti sway cradle down at the bottom. And what that anti sway cradle does is it limits that bike to bike contact that you're going to get when you're going down the road.

It's fairly easy to take this bike off the rack. I'm going to show you how to do that right now. It's a cam buckle type strap, so all you got to do is just press in this little pressure tab right here, and fish those through. As you can see on the inside of the strap, it does have a nice rubber coating that's going to protect your bike frame when you're going down the road.It also does have a soft rubber insert with these little grooves, which is going to leave room for your bike cables, just so they're not smashing up against your frame. And once you undo all three of them, they're all the same.

All just as simple as the first. You can go ahead and take your bike off. And I always just try to replace my straps when I'm not using them. You don't have to, it's just personal preference. It's fairly simple to get our bikes on and off this rack, on top of that it's really simple to install this bike rack.

It's extremely light. That's why they call it the Helium Pro. So it makes it a really easy install, and on top of that, there's no tools needed. Everything is attached to your shank. You don't have to worry about any of that.

One other thing that they did throw in is a cable lock. So what this is going to do, you could hardly really tell it's there, it goes around your bike frame and fits in this little slot, and you're going to get a key with your kit as well.It's always nice to have that added comfort whenever you go into a store, when you're on vacation, you leave your bikes on your rack, you don't want it to go anywhere. So let me get some measurements for you. As far as how much length we added to the back of our Silverado, we have about 32 inches from this farthest point right here. It's always nice to know if you're going to have to collapse these arms or remove this out of your hitch to fit into your garage. If you need a little bit more length, just lift up on this lever, snaps into place, and that breaks down the length to about 19 inches from this point right here. As far as ground clearance goes, we do have at the farthest point out here about 24 and a half inches. And at the lower point here about 21 and a half. We won't really have any issues bottoming out there, but it's always nice to just know how much room you got. You need to access anything in the bed of your truck, you just lift this lever here, lean that down.And for our Silverado here, we don't have any contact down here. And on top of that earlier, I was really getting on this tailgate and it's not going to flex to hit anything down there. So you don't have to worry about that. And you're going to be able to access your bed of your truck with this nice tilt feature. Whenever you're done, just lift it back up, snaps into place letting you know it's nice and sturdy. We do have another key core right here. It's going to be key to life with your cable lock up top. So what this does is, as you turn it clockwise, it's going to spread out this arm, taking out all that shake and play. As you can see, there's no play on the inside of the hitch, and this truck was really moving. It does have a hitch pin finder, so it's especially easy to install as well. When you lock and unlock this, if you lock it, it's going to take that wheel off the threads just so you can't tighten or loosen it.So it'll give you added comfort for your hitch to stay, for your bike rack to stay in your hitch, and also for your bikes to stay on the rack. And that just about does it for a look at the Thule Helium Pro on our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement.


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